The Old Spotted Dog Ground in Forest Gate is the oldest senior football ground in London. Clapton Community FC were named tenants of the ground in September 2019, pending negotiation with the freeholder. The previous tenant lost the lease of the ground following non-payment of rent.
The grounds were originally part of the Old Spotted Dog Hunting Lodge, famously used by Henry VIII. The lodge later became a pub, the Spotted Dog, still featuring parts of its original facade, is now a Grade II listed building (although closed down in 2004 the structure has since fallen into disrepair). The lands behind the pub became a sports ground, used primarily for county cricket matches before switching its usage to football.
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